What I'm reading: Boy, does this book have punch! I find myself seriously enjoying it and learning a ton at the same time. Yay me! For those of you who want interesting material to help you become a better writer, check this book out!
What movie I'm digging: Recommended by our friends, Kyle and I watched The Imitation Game this weekend, and wow. Just wow. The movie is about Alan Turing and how he cracked Enigma (the Nazi code) which everyone thought was unbreakable. Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch was incredible. And no, that wasn't the only reason I watched it...
So now, to my original post. Burnout is real. It exists. And it happens. I'm learning the consequences of that really fast. Finishing two massive stories in one year, launching my second career as an author, has left me with an empty motivation tank. The feeling of wanting to silently retreat into some cabin far away from civilization has become a recurring a fantasy.
The way I combat burnout is by pulling away from the things that add more anxiety and stress, like social media. I take vacation from work and stay home to recharge, scheduling less social activities, becoming a lazy bear, and really getting to a point where I am bored again. Multi-tasking is a norm in our society. Having two jobs isn't uncommon for those of us with a creative outlet that doesn't necessarily align with our day-to-day jobs. So I leave you with these words: Listen to that nagging feeling that you're uncomfortably tired. Stop and relax. And definitely listen to when you're elated and energetic and want to do the millions of things you want to and then do them! But also give yourself permission to take a step back when that feeling goes away. You're not in a race with anyone but yourself, and when that finish line comes it will feel no less greater than it would have, had you finished just a tad bit sooner.
What do you do when you need to rest and recharge?
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